Painting by Arjan Martins

Frieze London 2020 starts today

Over 200 of the world’s leading galleries to participate online in the second edition of Frieze Viewing Room, bringing together work ranging from the ancient era to today’s emerging and established artists. Frieze Week, between October 9th and 16th, presents both throughout London and online to include Frieze SculptureLIVEFrieze Talks, and major museum shows across the city. As a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this new hybrid model combines the global online reach of Frieze Viewing Room with a commitment to the creative spirit of London.

Frieze Viewing Room
With over 200 participating galleries from Frieze London and Frieze Masters, the second edition of Frieze Viewing Room will benefit from major new developments to the user experience. The app and web-based platform will be live from 9 to 16 of October and present a cross-section of an artwork originally intended to be shown at Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2020. You can access the room on this link.

Between the Brazilian galleries, Mendes Wood DM, A Gentil Carioca, Galeria Vermelho, and Fortes D’Aloia e Gabriel are on the list.

Frieze Week
The Frieze Week programme will launch Monday 5 October, taking place both across London and online and is set to feature leading artists, collectors and curators across a wide range of exhibitions, talks and events.

  • Museum Shows: An online guide to participating galleries, museums and partner organizations throughout the city will be published on with highlights including exhibitions such as Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern, as well as a new video commission for the Frieze Artist Award, 2020.
  • Frieze Sculpture: The celebrated public art initiative returns to London’s Regent’s Park, installing monumental works by leading international artists throughout the English Gardens. Taking place from October 5 – 18, Frieze Sculpture 2020 will feature works selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park), participating artists include Lubaina Himid, Richard Long and Rebecca Warren, among others. The works included in Frieze Sculpture will also have a virtual presence on the Frieze Viewing Room platform, enabling audiences across the globe to view and interact with the works online.
  • LIVE: Frieze London’s showcase for Live art will be curated by Victor Wang (王宗孚) (Artistic Director and Chief Curator of M WOODS Museum, Beijing). For the first time LIVE will take place at 9 Cork Street, where Wang, alongside a group of artists, will establish a temporary institute of sound and performance art inaugurated as the Institute of Melodic Healing, during Frieze Week. The LIVE programme will include a series of live and online performances by artists and guests specially selected by the Institute.
  • Frieze Talks: The fair’s acclaimed series of panel discussions, conversations and keynote lectures overseen by Dr. Nicholas Cullinan (Director of the National Portrait Gallery). A frequent participator in Frieze Talks, 2020 marks the first time Cullinan has curated the programme with highlights including a conversation with the luminary artist, writer and director John Akomfrah.
  • The Frieze BBC Radio 3 Debate: For the third year running Frieze will collaborate with BBC Radio 3 to present a debate focused on Museums in 21st Century, moderated by Anne McElvoy (Journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking). The debate will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking at 10pm BST on Thursday 8 October and then available worldwide as a BBC Arts & Ideas podcast.


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